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    November 12, 2012
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more fallout surrounding the sudden resignation of former cia director david petraeus. the incident that brought the scandal to light. >> plus the closures you need to be aware of this morning as america takes time to honor our veterans. good morning, everyone. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. welcome this november 11t2, 201 veterans day. pretty mild after a glorious weeke weekend. hopefully, it will stay this way, but who knows? >> tom kierein knows. >> to honor our veterans, we'll keep this this way. in the rural areas, we're down in the 40s with increasing clouds coming in from the west. right now just partly cloudy over the metro area. all cloudy in the mountains and much of the shenandoah valley. those clouds will be rolling our way later today.
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right now it's down to just around 40 degrees in parts of william county, charles county around 50, and near the beltway around 50 degrees. just outside the beltway, arlington, fairfax, montgomery county, we're down into the 40s this morning. and we also have a little patchy fog forming in some of the rural areas. watch out for deer in the fog darting in front of you. temperatures holding steady in the 40s by 6:00, 7:00 a.m. by noontime, jumping 20 degrees into the low 60s with a light wind and increasing clouds. cloudy the rest of the afternoon, but mild in the upper 60s by midafternoon. sunrise at 6:48, and sunset at 4:56. by then, we'll be back down into the 50s, and some rain moving in tonight, latest on that in ten minutes. danella has traffic now. good morning. >> good morning. checking the roadways, first 4 traffic report right now, let's start in maryland traveling along bw parkway or i-95 in maryland between baltimore parkway and capital
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parkway. no construction at this time. still very light volume. around 50 in maryland out of annapolis as you get closer to 301. making your way westbound as well as eastbound, very light volume. even 50 inside the beltway as you head towards new york avenue, nice and clear commute for you. i'm back in ten. aaron and eun, back over to you. >> thank you, danella. and we have some news just into the news 4 newsroom. a man is arrested in new zealand following a plot to attack the royals. they arrested the man on the plan of wanting to attack prince charles and camilla. he was carrying an unidentified item. he's believed to b an anti-royal protester. officials say he got nowhere near the royal couple.
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he's expected to be in jail tomorrow while charles and camilla continue their tour of australia and new zealand. the woman who received threatening e-mails from now former cia director david petraeus' mistress is breaking her silence. the mistress, author paula broadwell, sent harassing e-mails to jill kelley. she's an unpaid social liaison at an air force base in tampa. kelley reportedly went to the fbi when she received those messages, and that sparked an investigation that uncovered the affair with broadwell. kelley released a statement last night that reads, "we and our family have been friends with general petraeus and his family for over five years. we respect his and his family's privacy and want the same for us and our three children." >> they insist petraeus had nothing to do with petraeus' testimony about the deadly attack on the embassy in
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benghazi. the committee chair dianne feinstein ss petraeus may still be called to testify at a later date. parties are ready to negotiate to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. senior democrats and republicans say they're confident they can reach a deal on a spending plan by the end of the year to avoid billions of dollars in tax hikes and spending cuts. republicans have said they're willing to allow some tax hikes to end the budget stalemate. democrats say they're also willing to cut spending. >> we've had votes in the senate where we've actually gotten rid of tax credits. i think that's a given, and i think the vast majority of americans agree with that. >> i think, if the house stands for anything, it's caught government spending, as tom coburn said. i think we have to do more of it. we heard the mandate in 2010 where it was a clear mandate to cut spending, and we did. >> president obama will sit down this week with members of labor
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and business communities to discuss his approach to avoiding the fiscal cliff. he'll meet with both parties in congress on monday. senior firefighters pulled a victim from the c&o canal around 11:00 last night. it's not clear how he fell into the canal. at last check he was listed in critical condition. d. firefighters trying to figure out what sparked flames at an apartment in northwest d.c. this was at the intersection of 14th and spring streets just before midnight. the crews arrived, the building was full of smoke. the fire started in the basement and was quickly put out. no one was hurt. montgomery county firefighters trying to figure out what sparked this fire in dickerson, maryland. firefighters posted these photos on twitter. that home on bealsville road was engulfed in flame. we're told it was a total loss. no one was hurt. inch lawyers for the imprisoned man in cuba have called for help. alan gross has spent more than
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two years in jail. he's lost 100 pounds and developed other medical conditions. in a letter made public, a lawyer for gross says, if he continues to be denied proper medical care, his treatment will, quote, surely amount to torture. gross is serving a 15-year sentence for what cuba calls crimes against the state, charges gross denies. today the country observed veterans day, and we've got some information for those of you who would use public transportation today. metro opened just a few minutes ago. it will run on a saturday schedule, though. track work continues today on the orange, red, and green lines. that means no service at the ballston and virginia square stations, and there is no marc or vre service today. everything should be back to normal tomorrow morning. president obama honored those who bravely served our country, saying they always deserve our support. the president took part in a wreath laying ceremony at arlington national ceremony yesterday. after laying a breawreath at th tomb of the unknowns, he paused for a moment of silence. he says our support for the
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veterans should not stop when they come home for service. >> long after the battles end, long after the heroes come home, we stay by their side. that's who we are, and that's who we'll be for today's returning service members and their families. because no one who fights for this country overseas should ever have to fight for a job or a roof over their head or the care that they have earned when they come home. >> veterans day was originally known as armistice day to commemorate the end of world war i. in 1954, congress changed the name to veterans day to honor those who serve and are currently serving. >> thank you to all veterans. it is 55 degrees. the illness that could put children's expecting mothers at risk.
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welcome back at 5:10. it's one of the most recognizable dresses of all time, and now that iconic blue dress judy garland wore in the wizard of oz has sold at auction for $480,000. no word on who the buyer is. the previous owner bought the dress for $2,000 in 1981.
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who knew what a bargain it was at $2,000. >> i'm sure it will look great on whoever bought it. >> you can't wear that dress. >> for $480,000, i'd wear that dress. >> it's a piece of history. >> did i just say i'd wear a dress? >> i missed that. >> sorry, i wouldn't. tom? >> good morning. starting off this morning, some clouds beginning to roll in from the west. a little patchy fog around, humid and chilly. we're in the 40s much of the region. by 6:00, 7:00, we'll still be in the 40s. upper 60s by midafternoon, increasing clouds. tonight that rain likely moving in from the west by 10:00, 11:00, midnight moving in rain in the 50s and for the morning commute as well. a look at the rest of the week and the weekend. a look at traffic now. here's danella. >> is let's talk about road work on the beltway. had road work on central avenue. that's not out of the way. let's head over to the beltway, outer loop this time, at
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university boulevard, road work was there blocking all your lanes. but now your travel lanes are open to make your way between i-95 and i-270, nice and clear. aaron and eun, back over to you. we continue to follow breaking news out of the middle east after a series of rocket attacks. also ahead, a reason for
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breaking news out of israel. militants in the gaza strip launched ten rockets. a rocket hit a house, damaging that house and nearby cars overnight. no one was hurt.
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meanwhile, the israeli air force carried out several raids in the gaza strip in response to palestinian rocket fire. more than 110 rockets hit israel on saturday. this violence could spark more hostility just a month before israel's elections. the country's leaders say the race won't keep them from trying to stop the rocket attacks. this marks exactly two weeks since hurricane sandy crashed ashore in the northeast. crews still working to restore power to 12000 homes and businesses in new york and new jersey. at least 4,000 displaced residents are still staying in shelters. fema has offered $450 million. governor cuomo plans to ask the federal government for $30 billion in disaster aid. the red cross says it's received $117 million in donations. they also say their response was been near flawless. some residents in hard hit areas disagree. they say the help has been
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minimal, sporadic, and very hard to find. >> we haven't seen red cross at all. red cross hasn't offered any assistance up until yesterday. they take people's hard working money to assist people, and when push comes to shove, they don't assist. >> i think that we are near flawless so far in this operation. i'm just so proud of everything that we are doing on the ground. >> the red cross says sandy creates unique challenges. it's a cold weather hurricane, and it struck in a highly populateded area. they have already handed out 5 million meals and snacks to people in need. the veterans day parade not only honored those who served our country but collected donations for victims of hurricane sandy. the group collected winter coats for people in those devastated areas. this morning it is still not clear what caused this fiery explosion in indiana. take a look.
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that powerful blast killed two people and injured several others late saturday night in indianapolis. investigators believe the explosion happened inside this home near that burned out car. the blast obliterated the house itself and the home next door. crews from everywhere came to that neighborhood to help the victims. >> they didn't know what they were walking into. they didn't know if they had the equipment for this. they didn't know what occurred. they just knew the citizens needed help, and they showed up. >> firefighters have evacuated nearly 200 people from that neighborhood. it damaged or destroyed nearly three dozen homes. investigators think some sort of gas leak caused that explosion. terrifying moments for people in a colorado movie theater, not far from the deadly shootings at a theater in aurora earlier this year. "the denver post" says a 17-year-old walked into a movie theater in boulder, colorado, last night wearing a clown mask and the makeup from the joker.
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in last night's incident, police say the teen was unarmed and did not threaten anyone. several people ran out of the theater after seeing him and alerted security. a suburban detroit police officer is recovering this morning after a man opened fire at the police station. investigators say a 64-year-old man walked into police headquarters yesterday afternoon and shot an officer who was behind protective glass. officers ordered him to drop the gun, eventually shooting him and killing him. the injured officer is expected to make a full recovery. the incidence of autism may be higher in children whose mothers had the flu or a fever more than a week during pregnancy. in a danish study, they examined the files of 7,000 children born in denmark. mothers who had the flu for more than a week while pregnant had a greater risk of being diagnosed with autism before the age of 3. doctors say more studies are
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needed to find a direct link. there's more cleanup to do after a strong earthquake over the weekend in myanmar. on saturday morning, a 6.8 magnitude quake rocked the country. the quake caused damage to buildings and bridges and even damaging ancient pagodas. as many as 12 people may be dead. some of the deaths may have happened when the earthquake caused a mine to collapse. heavy rain flooded venice, italy, putting 70% of that city under water. some areas are submerged by as much as five feet. flooding is common this time of year. this year is worse than most. this is the sixth highest level of floodwaters in 140 years. the city is building movable barriers that will protect it from high tides and floodwaters, but it woen't be operational fo another two years. >> convenient svenice is so low worry venice will be completely
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under water in our lifetime. >> coming up on 5:21. >> tom kierein with here with our forecast. good morning. >> good morning. are you ready for another gorgeous day? >> yes. >> another mild day with much warmer than average temperatures with a southerly flow. right now it's partly cloudy over virginia, maryland, the district, and the eastern shore. even though there's cloudiness over the shenandoah valley and to the west, there may be a few sprinkles in eastern garrett county, but the main area coming our way way off to our west, coming in from ohio, indiana, kentucky, tennessee. it's going to be sweeping across the area but not until this evening. right now it's chilly. we're in the 40s all these areas in blue, virginia, maryland, and most of the district. right on the tidal potomac and along the bay, it's 50 degrees. out west, it's in the 60s out of the mountains right now. later today, the entire region into the 60s this afternoon, with increasing clouds. likely some rain moving in,
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probably not until late evening in the metro area. earlier today, though, perhaps around sunset in the shenandoah valley. but into washington before midnight tonight, and occasional showers after that through the morning commute on tuesday. then we'll get some sun back tomorrow afternoon. much cooler, with highs only near 50 tomorrow afternoon. plummeting all the way down to freezing by dawn on wednesday. afternoon highs wednesday, the upper 40s, with bright sun. and then partly cloudy on thursday and still cold in the morning. afternoon highs chilly, near 50. the chilly pattern continues into the weekend. does look like sunday we could get some rain, it looks like, right now. no snow, just rain. i'll be back in ten minutes. a look at traffic now with danella. good morning. >> good morning. first 4 traffic, we're going to start with a general look at our beltway right now. very light volume as you travel around the beltway, inner loop and outer loop is clear. take a look as you travel around d.c. 95 out of greenbelt. both directions, not seeing any
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accidents, no delays at all, no road work. let's fly over i-395 instead. hov restrictions have been lifted here in virginia. smooth sailing as you wake your way from the beltway past seminary road. crash there, it's gone. nice and clear as you head towards the 14th street bridge. crossing 14th street bridge, no issues as you make your way into the district. i'm back in ten. aaron and eun, over to you. using an ipad or kindle might help people with vision loss to read better and faster. doctors at the robert wood johnson medical school tested the reading speed for 100 patients with macular regeneration and diabetes related vision problems. they found that using electronic tablets improve reading speeds in all patients, compared to reading a newspaper or book. researchers say the key factors are the ability to increase the font size and the backless screens. you might want to rethink what you eat for breakfast this morning after one new study
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found one growing favorite could be worse for you than you think. a new canadian study finds those breakfast sandwiches, many with egg, bacon, cheese, or sausage, could be hurting your heart. while many sandwiches only have about 450 calories, the study found the sandwiches slowed down your blood vessels and over time could increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. american universities are seeing a large increase in international students. international enrollment grew nearly 6% last year. that's largely in part because of a 23% bump from chinese students. overall, there were about 765,000 foreign students in american schools last year. the jump has helped these schools financially as the students paid $22.7 billion in tuition, fees, and living expenses last year. d.c. united fans are probably in a lousy mood today. the team lost their first leg of the eastern conference finals 3-1, and many of them say a
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missed call late in the first half was a major factor. a houston dynamo defender appears to take down united's rafael augusto as he broke for the goal. the referees did not call anything. united head coach ben olson was livid. >> what can i say? everybody in the stadium, everybody on our bench, everybody on their bench, everybody at home saw that it's a red card. it's a take down, it's a red card. i don't know what to say about it. >> d.c. united must win by two goals now on sunday against the dynamo just to force overtime, and that's because the series are decided by total goals. nascar could decide today whether to discipline jeff gordon or clint bowyer in the events leading up to a massive brawl. gordon reportedly mad at bowyer for bumping him during the advocare financil in phoenix. then later he intentionally
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caused a crash, and this was just the beginning. this was a mess as both drivers' pit crews got into a large fight. nascar executives met with gordon and bowyer after the incident to skwus what had happened. >> yikes. >> what a mess, boy. thousands of people took gangnam style to a whole new level. take a look. ♪ >> this is video of a flash mob in rome. look at them go. about 15,000 people came together and danced to the popular song by south korean rapper. organizers used the social media network and word of mouth to get everyone. it was a sea of gangnam style dancers. >> if you had to be there, you had to join in because when in rome. >> well, of course. >> our time right now is 5:26. coming up, some new developments to tell you about this morning surrounding the sudden resignation of david
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petraeus. the incident that put his extramarital affair in the spotlight.
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looking at the stories making headlines at 5:30. the woman threatened by the mistress of david petraeus is breaking her silence. governor cuomo asking for $30 billion in disaster aid as his state recovers from hurricane sandy. good morning to you. i'm eun yang. >> and good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist. welcome back to "news 4 today" on this monday, november 12th, veterans day observed. d.c.'s war memorial is expected to be packed today as many traveled from around the country to honor those who served. yesterday there were ceremonies at the world war ii memorial, the vietnam memorial, and the african american civil war memorial. one visitor said it's not just about those who served in past wars but those who are still serving our country. >> history is always with us every day because many, many
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people out there, i'm sure as i do, have personal family members who are still involved and in harm's way right now. we pray for all those guys who are still in harm's way. >> many of the veterans traveled here thanks to honor flights. many organizations work to bring veterans to d.c. for events like this free of charge to honor their service. metro opened at a normal time today but will run on a saturday schedule. track work continues today on the orange, red, and green lines, and that includes no service at the ballston and virginia square station, and there's no marc or vre service today. everything will be back tomorrow morning. >> we're going to spend time outside honoring our veterans. tom, it's going to be a pretty nice day for it. >> we're going to keep things going after a gorgeous weekend. one more day. a live look at the world war ii memorial in washington under the mall. under a partly cloudy sky this morning, and we have the view from space showing those clouds
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beginning to move in from the west. it's ahead of a cool front that will likely bring us some rain but not until tonight. chilly this morning near 50 degrees most of the region. little patchy fog forming in the rural areas. watch out for that. by 7:00 a.m., patchy fog. by noontime, low 60s. midafternoon, upper 60s. and getting more humid and cloudy. then that rain begins to move in tonight. i'll show you the evening planner in ten minutes. danella showing you traffic now. good morning. >> good morning. first 4 traffic starting on the toll road and heading west to hunters mill road, the accident is gone. no issues for you, nice and clear. on the beltway from the dulles toll road to the interchange, nice and clear. no issues to report, no accidents right now. as mentioned earlier, metro is running on a saturday schedule. good news. no delays reported, but track work, again, as mentioned on the red, orange, and blue lines. excuse me. green line. aaron, over to you. >> thank you, danella. one congressional leader
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says it was like a lightning bolt. lawmakers say they are still stunned by david petraeus' resignation as head of the cia over an extramarital affair. this morning they're demanding more details from the fbi investigation that revealed that relationship. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with more. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: aaron, good morning. this morning we have new details and identification of the person who started that fbi investigation. multiple federal sources tell us it was jill kelley. she and her husband were very good friends, for five years, she says, with general petraeus and his wife. she told the fbi she was getting anonymous e-mails that raised concerns. they were in the process of investigating that when they also uncovered e-mails between general petraeus and who was later identified as paula broadwell, the woman with whom he says he was having an affair. she was embedded with him in afghanistan. it was a writer doing a biography on him. general petraeus not under
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investigation, but this was uncovered in the process of investigating broadwell's e-mails, his mistresses e-mails, and also there are no criminal charges here for petraeus, even though he was head of the cia. apparently, he is not facing criminal charges from the fbi, but they are here on capitol hill wondering if he may testify about his own investigation into the deadly attacks in benghazi. >> there are videos and tapes and pictures and things that can be shown. so it's -- it is not going away. >> there were five attacks during the year. one prior attack on the consulate itself. the question i have is why wasn't something done about it? >> no comment from petraeus or broadwell since all of this broke. jill kelley, the woman who started the fbi investigation, says we respect him and his family's privacy, we want the same for us and our three
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children. congress will also be focused on the looming fiscal cliff this week. leaders from both parties think they can reach an agreement on a spending plan by the end of the year. billions of dollars in tax hikes and spending cuts will take effect if no deal is reached by new year's eve. economists say that could send the unemployment rate soaring over 9% and plunge us into a deep recession. prince george's county police are trying to determine who shot and killed a 20-year-old man. police found edwin leola suffering from a gunshot wound in lewisdale yesterday morning. police are working to identify a motive in the case. this morning in howard county, police are looking for the man behind a shooting in a fast food restaurant. investigators say the manager at the at that goe bell on minstrel way in columbia was shot several times early yesterday morning. he is currently in critical condition. police say they're still working to determine a motive. today the head of the montgomery county school system
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will share his vision of the county schools. joshua starr will deliver his state of the schools address today. he's calling it building the future together. starr has had a little more than a year to assess the school system. he's in the middle of his second year on the job in montgomery county. 55 degrees. hanging on for dear life. the people who came to the aid of this cat caught up on a pole.
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oh, man. back to the drawing board for these high flyers. 33 teams took to the skies, sort of, for the tenth annual red bull flood tag event in san francisco. the teams built homemade planes, blimps, and whatever it was to see if they could fly. they were judged on creativity,
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showmanship, flight time, splash time in some cases. >> those are going right down into the water. they're not flying. >> the idea is to make it fly, guys. maybe some people didn't quite get that. >> i think they were doing it for fun. none of them flew very far. >> coming up on 5:41 right now. here are some live pictures again from the world war ii memorial here in washington on this day when we observe veterans day in honor of all those who have served. >> thank a veteran today. it is now 5:41. time for weather and traffic on the ones. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein. i hope we continue with this nice weather, tom. looks like we'll have good weather for all the veterans day event today. we have a chilly morning much of the region and some patchy fog around. by 7:00 a.m., ought to still be in the 40s. by noontime, should begin to climb into the 60s with a partly sunny sky. going cloudy during the afternoon. highs reaching the upper 60s by midafternoon. getting rather humid. by late evening, we'll have showers moving in. here's the evening planner. by 10:00, probably right into
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the metro area. light rain moving in from the west. going to be earlier in the evening farther west. some of those showers off and on by midnight tonight into the morning commute. tomorrow we'll look at that, the rest of the week, and into next weekend. your storm team 4 seven day outlook coming up in ten minutes. your first 4 traffic now with danella. good morning. >> good morning. tom, in our area, still very light volume. not seeing any reports of accidents. we'll take a look right now as you're crossing over the american legion bridge. inner loop and outer loop, nice and clear. traveling over i-270, a live look as you pass over 109. as you make your way northbound, no issues southbound, no heavy volume, and, again, no accidents. further south on i-270. here's a live look as you make your way past montrose road nice and clear as you connect to the spur and over to the beltway. back to you both. >> danella, thank you. it is 5:42 just about now. you heard that curiosity killed the cat, we're going to show you how this feline managed to get
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out of a tough spot without using up the nine lives.
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welcome back at 5:45. a curious cat in dewey, maryland, came close to losing one of her nine lives after spending days on top of a utility pole. the cat named fierce disappeared on wednesday. yesterday they spotted her on top of the bge utility pole. that's when the cat's owner linda drew called firefighters to contact the power company to be safe. crews showed up last night with a cherry picker. trouble is that scared fierce that took off down the pole and into the bushes. drew said she's relieved the cat is down. >> i'm just glad she's down from there. i was pretty sick about her being missing. >> drew says she believes fierce will return home sometime today.
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>> 15 before the hour. lawyers for the bethesda man imprisoned in cuba have contacted an anti-torture expert for the u.n. for help. alan gross has spent nearly three years in a cuban jail. in that time, he's lost more than 100 pounds and has developed other medical conditions. in a letter made public yesterday, a lawyer for gross says, if he continues to be denied proper medical care, his treatment will, quote, surely amount to torture. earlier this year, the 63-year-old gross developed a mass behind his shoulder that u.s. doctors he has not been treated for. gross is serving a 15-year sentence for what cuba calls crimes against the state, charges gross denies. new this morning, d.c. firefighters are trying to figure out what sparked the flames in northwest washington. this is at the intersection of 14th and spring street just before midnight. the building was full of smoke. we're told the fire started in the basement and was quickly put out. no one was hurt.
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montgomery county firefighters are also trying to figure out what sparked this fire in dickerson. firefighters posted this photo on twitter. the home was engulfed in flames. we're told it was a total loss. no one was hurt. it was not a smooth ride for more than 160 passengers on board an amtrak train headed for union station last night. a csx train headed for d.c. derailed just out of richmond at 9:00. they had to stop train 66 at main street station and transfer passengers to buses. passengers arrived safely at union station by bus after 10:00 p.m. hundreds of janitors at walter reed medical center in bethesda looking for their paychecks. the service employees international union that represents the nearly 300 people say they haven't been paid in two weeks. the union says it's filed a complaint against federal contractor escap enterprises. the company claims they haven't been paid by the government. they have not commented on the
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matter. montgomery county wants to convert some of the lanes on the county's busiest roads to buses only lanes. that's according to "the washington post." montgomery county transportation planners say the move is a faster and more affordable way to improve traffic congestion. the lanes would be on rockville pike, new hampshire avenue, route 29, georgia avenue. they will discuss the proposal next week and in february. gasoline prices expected to drop another 10 to 20 cents through the holiday. the lundberg survey found the average price for a gallon of unleaded dropped nearly 21 cents in two weeks. the average price of regular gas is 3.77 cents in the district. in maryland, $3.45 right now. and in virginia, it dropped to $3.27. in west virginia, it's $3.57. and the national average is $3.44. if you're traveling for thanksgiving and planning on flying out of here, you may want
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to get to the airport with plenty of time to spare. a new report from travel site orbitz says reagan national is the ninth busiest airport. many people are expected to hit the skies even though prices are up from last year. a new device promises to let you sleep pretty much anywhere. take a look at this contraption. the aptly named upright sleeper is a modified neck brace that allows you to catch a nap while sitting straight up. it's aimed at travelers who are tired of inflatable pillows which really don't work that well. it's available on sky mall and will set you back about $40. >> seriously? >> is it uncomfortable? there's a lot of pressure on your neck and chin. >> it completely looks uncomfortable. >> it does. >> if you have a large head, like i do, and you're putting all that weight on your chest right there from resting it like that. >> you think it's going to snap? >> with my head, probably.
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if anybody ever buys one of those, take a picture. i want to see you use one of those. >> our producer kurt nielsen is wearing one right now. >> is that's how he makes it through the show. >> never slept better. good morning. we're starting off this morning with a mostly clear sky. maybe if you were up early sunday morning, you saw this, the crescent moon near venus. it was taken by david abu in stafford, virginia, posted to weather at nbcwashington.com. later on sunday, near 70 degrees. this is what it looked like along the reflecting pool on the mall. this photo taken by karen clemente. beautiful. you can see the gorgeous bronze color of the trees there along the mall in washington, and it was gorgeous for yesterday afternoon's ceremonies at the world war ii memorial and elsewhere around the mall for the memorials there for veterans day. today veterans day observed, starting off with a mostly clear
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sky. might see a little sliver of a moon and venus this morning, especially much in virginia and maryland east. a lot of cloudiness from the shenandoah mountain. rain is now falling through much of ohio, indiana, into kentucky and tennessee. this area of rain ahead of a front. that's going to be moving our way probably into the metro area, but not until perhaps after sunset tonight and before midnight. out ahead of that, it is mild, into the 60s. much of west virginia, ohio, and into western pennsylvania, it's a bit chillier. these areas in blue under the clear sky. it's mostly in the 40s, most of virginia and maryland now. there's a little patchy fog too. probably around 7:00, 8:00 this morning, still be in the 40s most of the region then. then for your lunch hour warming up quickly, low to mid-60s and partly sunny. after that, going to be all cloudy rest of the afternoon as we reach the upper 60s. some of that rain moving in after sunset. then in the metro area, perhaps
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around 10:00, 11:00 before midnight, we'll have the rain west to east and then into washington. then lingering showers off and on after midnight through the morning commute on tuesday. then we ought to get some sunshine back during the afternoon tomorrow. highs reaching only near 50. so a chilly change moving in behind that front. all the way down to near freezing by dawn on wednesday. wednesday, bright sunshine, but highs only in the 40s. then on thursday, another cold start, afternoon highs in the 50s. chilly afternoon saturday and sunday. might get chilly rain on sunday is the way it looks now. i'll be back in ten minutes. your first 4 traffic now with danella. good morning. >> good morning. thanks, tom. if you're taking metro today, metro is running on a saturday schedule as well as weekend track work still taking place now on the red, orange, and green lines. just expect a little bit of delay as you make your way into work today, if you have to head into work or driving around town. let's look at i-66 out of hay
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market. very light volume east and west volume. let me show you what it looks like. not bad at all. picking up some momentum, but no delays as you make your way toward the beltway on i-66. not seeing any accidents or heavy delays. nice and clear as you head through the rosslyn tunnel. again, nice and clear. i'm back in ten. aaron and eun, back over to you. >> danella, thank you. >> thank you, danella. this morning greek lawmakers approved the country's 2013 austerity budget. that move means the next loan installment worth $40 billion from the eurozone will be dispersed. without that loan, the government will run out of cash on friday. this 1 in 10 people saying no. a survey by coupon cabin say those hosting holiday dinner plan to spend $246 this year. that's abo of those surveyed saying they won't host this year because of the price. nearly 15% say they felt pressured into hosting because
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relatives or friends didn't want to pay for it themselves. to keep your cost down, the site recommends you buy generic brands and keep your decorations simple. the turkey in the middle of the table is the only centerpiece you'll need. that is, if the turkey is good, of course, right? there may be a new challenge for travelers already dealing with fewer flights and more crowded airplanes. cnbc's shartia brantley is live with that story and more. shartia, good morning. >> good morning, eun. u.s. airlines are facing what could be the biggest pilot shortage in the past 50 years. the crunch is due to new federal rules taking effect next summer requiring all new pilots to have at least 1,500 hours of previous flying experience. now, that's about six times the current minimum. other rules will require airlines to give pilots more daily rest time. these regulations come as thousands of senior pilots will soon start hitting mandatory retirement at age 65. experts say the changes will force airlines to increase their pilot ranks by at least 5%.
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and picture day is losing its cool. students are turneding away from the plastic blue or black back drop of the school's photo. sales have dropped 20%. picture day is when schools see the opportunity to raise much needed cash, but parents are opting for more expensive portraits, paying upwards of $1,200, versus the school's $60 packet. definitely a sign of the times. >> indeed. shartia brantley. shartia, thank you. five minutes before the top of the hour. we know this weekend is veterans day weekend. folks enjoying the long weekend, taking time to thank our veterans. i had an opportunity last night to spend time with the air force band and the good folks at public television for their veterans day concert to honor those who have served. it was just an awesome performance by the singing sergeants there and the band as well as ruben studdard, you see there in the black, and anthony kearns, an irish tenor who has
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an amazing voice. just great music by awesome professionals and a chance to say thank you to some veterans. >> a lot of patriotic music, i can imagine. i can hear god bless america there. >> and it's the fifth year they've done it with maryland public television. you can catch it tomorrow night at 8:00 on maryland public television. even here in the district, you can see that. >> i hope you had fun. >> i did. it was a great time. people around the country yesterday paused to remember and to thank our nation's veterans. >> and there were plenty of tributes around the country, but in north carolina, there's one that turned a lot of heads. ralph coleman built and displayed six life sized cutouts representing the branches of the u.s. military in his front yard. coleman himself served as a marine during the korean war. he said he hopes the homemade memorial sends a message of thanks to a veteran. >> i got a little sign out front i think says what i want to say. america land of the free because of the brave.
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that's what i want people to do is start saying thank you. >> the display did not just grab civilians' attention, veterans also stopped by to pay their respects as well. what a wonderful tribute to the veterans. i hope you stop and thank a veteran today for their sacrifice and service. obviously, we're in washington, d.c., so there are lots of monuments and memorials around town to visit and just take a moment to really sort of absorb what so many have fought and died for so that we can live the lives that we lived freely. >> all right. it is now 5:57. ahead, why moms to be may want to put down those cell phones.
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